The Plague of Doves

The Plague of Doves

Book - 2008
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A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, The Plague of Doves--the first part of a loose trilogy that includes the National Book Award-winning The Round House and LaRose--is a gripping novel about a long-unsolved crime in a small North Dakota town and how, years later, the consequences are still being felt by the community and a nearby Native American reservation.

Though generations have passed, the town of Pluto continues to be haunted by the murder of a farm family. Evelina Harp--part Ojibwe, part white--is an ambitious young girl whose grandfather, a repository of family and tribal history, harbors knowledge of the violent past. And Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, who bears witness, understands the weight of historical injustice better than anyone. Through the distinct and winning voices of three unforgettable narrators, the collective stories of two interwoven communities ultimately come together to reveal a final wrenching truth.

Bestselling author Louise Erdrich delves into the fraught waters of historical injustice and the impact of secrets kept too long.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060515126
Branch Call Number: F ERD
Characteristics: 313 p. ; 24 cm


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Jan 14, 2017

This book started so well. It is mainly set on the reservation for Ojibwe natives. I think it started to go a bit off course by the time the author introduced a 3rd narrator. I personally didn't like the 3rd storyteller so maybe it's just my preference that made me go off it. Maybe someone else would enjoy it.

Dec 10, 2016

I hadn't realized that Plague of Doves and The Round House were part of a trilogy of sorts. I am very excited to read LaRose. Erdrich's writing pulls you through every story, no matter how difficult the subject matter.

Aug 02, 2016

The first book in a trilogy, this novel presents the community of Pluto, North Dakota through interconnected stories.

Jun 20, 2016

"The only problem with those old philosophers, I thought as I was walking back through the graves, was that they didn't give enough due to the unbearable weight of human sexual love." If readers thought that this novel jumped around too much or was confusing, maybe they're just bad at reading. Louise Erdrich, author of "Love Medicine," deals in family histories, small town tragedies, and Native Americans' (she's Ojibwa) tense relationship to white culture. It's not that easy book to read, but, then again, what good book is? Philip Roth called it a masterpiece and he's smarter than most of us. Also check out "The Round House."

Nov 24, 2015

Like The Round House, this is a book I'll be thinking about for a long time. Erdrich creates many threads of story, all interconnected by characters and blood, and told by different voices from the past and present. Most of the book takes place in Pluto, ND, on the edge of a reservation, and the people in the story, whether perceived as Native American or White, are all related by action or blood. The prime focus of the story is the slaughter of a family back in the early 1900s, and its impact on characters in the story, especially on the Native Americans blamed for the murders. One family member, a baby, survives, and Erdrich deftly ties up the baby's story, as well as the other stories and questions in the book. Some readers have commented on the large number of narrators and characters, but I found that this offered many perspectives and illuminated the true story as more people told their version. Erdrich also puts many pieces of everyday humor in her writing, which creates fully formed characters and enlivens her characters and her books. I read this one in preparation for the 3rd book in an interconnecting series, which will be published in 2016, called LaRose. This is the 1st book, and The Round House was the 2nd.

But warning--your heart will warm and then break when you read Erdrich's writing. Don't expect a light-hearted book without conflict; if you want that, read a cozy mystery or a romance.

Oct 08, 2013

I agree with MarmaMC. It does jump around and is hard to follow. I think one chapter could have been left out. I think 2 chapters could have been left out, not sure what they had to do with the main story.

Feb 27, 2013

In a sense , I believe this is Louise's first mystery . I'm unsettled about this book . I simply could not read the 28 pages about the snakes - as usual , her strength is in character development - excellent , as usual

Aug 08, 2012

This book was a brilliantly woven tale of growing up and building relationships amid trauma and difficulty.

Aug 15, 2011

A Plague of Doves is a set of connected stories, peopled in the most part by characters of mixed Indian-
White blood. Set on and around a reservation in North Dakota, concerning two communities, one Indian, one White. We read of their differences and their similarities, the various truths of living in a small, isolated area where mistrust and suspicion is the norm.

At the heart of this book, outlined at the very beginning, is a story of the terrible murder of a white farming family. The survival of a baby and the immediate outlash at the Indian community. These deeds set the tone and echo on through the generations to come. We eventually learn who the murderer was and who the baby grew up to become.

The stories jump around from person to person, backwards and forwards in time, You would think they would be a bit disjointed but Louise Erdrich is able to use language like an artist uses paint. She develops and enhances the pictures she is showing us. Her marvellous writing makes the whole book cohesive and real. These pages breathe life..

A fully populated, ultimately humane story, A Plague of Doves was a entertaining read about how entwined fates shaped the destiny of Pluto, North Dakota.

Apr 20, 2010

Too many characters. Too hard to follow. Jumps around in time a lot, which is confusing. Disappointing.

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